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19:1  C.H.Y.A.S
19:2  A commemoration of the mercy of thy Lord towards his servant Zacharias when he called upon his Lord, invoking him in secret
19:3  When he called upon his LORD, invoking him in secret
19:4  and said, O Lord, verily my bones are weakened, and my head is become white with hoariness and I have never been unsuccessful in my prayers to thee, O Lord
19:5  But now I fear my nephews, who are to succeed after me, for my wife is barren: Wherefore give me a successor of my own body from before thee
19:6  who may be my heir, and may be an heir of the family of Jacob; and grant, O Lord, that he may be acceptable unto thee
19:7  And the angel answered him, O Zacharias, verily We bring thee tidings of a son, whose name shall be John; We have not caused any to bear the same name before him
19:8  Zacharias said, Lord, how shall I have a son, seeing my wife is barren, and I am now arrived at a great age, and am decrepit
19:9  The angel said so shall it be: Thy Lord saith, this is easy with Me; since I created thee heretofore, when thou wast nothing
19:10  Zacharias answered, O Lord, give me a sign. The angel replied, thy sign shall be, that thou shalt not speak to men for three nights, although thou be in perfect health
19:11  And he went forth unto his people, from the chamber, and he made signs unto them, as if he should say, praise ye God in the morning and in the evening
19:12  And We said unto his son, O John, receive the book of the law, with a resolution to study and observe it. And We bestowed on him wisdom, when he was yet a child
19:13  and mercy from us, and purity of life; and he was a devout person
19:14  and dutiful towards his partents, and was not proud or rebellious
19:15  Peace be on him the day whereon he was born, and the day whereon he shall die, and the day whereon he shall be raised to life
19:16  And remember in the book of the Koran the story of Mary; when she retired from her family to a place towards the east
19:17  and took a veil to conceal herself from them; and We sent our spirit Gabriel unto her, and he appeared unto her in the shape of a perfect man
19:18  She said, I fly for refuge unto the merciful God, that He may defend me from thee: If thou fearest Him, thou wilt not approach me
19:19  He answered, verily I am the messenger of thy Lord, and am sent to give thee a holy son
19:20  She said, how shall I have a son, seeing a man hath not touched me, and I am no harlot
19:21  Gabriel replied, so shall it be: Thy Lord saith, this is easy with Me; and We will perform it, that We may ordain him for a sign unto men, and a mercy from Us: For it is a thing which is decreed
19:22  Wherefore she conceived him: And she retired aside with him in her womb to a distant place
19:23  and the pains of childbirth came upon her near the trunk of a palm-tree. She said, would to God I had died before this, and had become a thing forgotten, and lost in oblivion
19:24  And He who was beneath her called to her, saying, be not grieved: Now hath God provided a rivulet under thee
19:25  and do thou shake the body of the palm-tree, and it shall let fall ripe dates upon thee, ready gathered
19:26  And eat, and drink, and calm thy mind. Moreover if thou see any man, and he question thee, say, verily I have vowed a fast unto the merciful; wherefore I will by no means speak to a man this day
19:27  So she brought the child to her people, carrying him in her arms. And they said unto her, O Mary, now hast thou done a strange thing
19:28  O sister of Aaron, thy father was not a bad man, neither was thy mother a harlot
19:29  But she made signs unto the child to answer them; and they said, how shall we speak to him, who is an infant in the cradle
19:30  Whereupon the child said, verily I am the servant of God; He hath given me the book of the gospel, and hath appointed me a prophet
19:31  And He hath made me blessed, wheresoever I shall be; and hath commanded me to observe prayer, and to give alms, so long as I shall live
19:32  and he hath made me dutiful towards my mother, and hath not made me proud, or unhappy
19:33  And peace be on me the day whereon I was born, and the day whereon I shall die, and the day whereon I shall be raised to life
19:34  This was Jesus the son of Mary; the word of truth, concerning whom they doubt
19:35  It is not meet for God, that He should have any son: God forbid! When He decreeth a thing, He only saith unto it, be; and it is
19:36  And verily God is my Lord, and your Lord; wherefore serve Him: This is the right way
19:37  Yet the sectaries differ among themselves concerning Jesus; but woe be unto those who are unbelievers, because of their appearance at the great day
19:38  Do Thou cause them to hear, and do Thou cause them to see, on the day whereon they shall come unto Us to be judged: But the ungodly are this day in a manifest error
19:39  And do thou forewarn them of the day of sighing, when the matter shall be determined, while they are now sunk in negligence and do not believe
19:40  Verily We will inherit the earth, and whatever creatures are therein; and unto Us shall they all return
19:41  And remember Abraham in the book of the Koran; for he was one of great veracity, and a prophet
19:42  When he said unto his father, O my father, why dost thou worship that which heareth not, neither seeth, nor profiteth thee at all
19:43  O my father, verily a degree of knowledge hath been bestowed on me, which hath not been bestowed on thee: Wherefore follow me; I will lead thee into an even way
19:44  O my father, serve not Satan; for Satan was rebellious unto the Merciful
19:45  O my father, verily I fear lest a punishment be inflicted on thee from the Merciful, and thou become a companion of Satan
19:46  His father answered, dost thou reject my gods, O Abraham? If thou forbear not, I will surely stone thee: Wherefore leave me for a long time
19:47  Abraham replied, peace be on thee: I will ask pardon for thee of my Lord; for He is gracious unto me
19:48  And I will separate my self from you, and from the idols which ye invoke besides God; and I will call upon my Lord: It may be that I shall not be unsuccessful in calling on my Lord, as ye are in calling upon them
19:49  And when he had separated himself from them, and from the idols which they worshipped besides God, We gave him Isaac and Jacob; and We made each of them a prophet
19:50  and We bestowed on them, through our mercy, the gift of prophecy, and children, and wealth; and We caused them to deserve the highest commendations
19:51  And remember Moses in the book of the Koran: For he was sincerely upright, and was an apostle and a prophet
19:52  And We called unto him from the right side of mount Sinai, and caused him to draw near, and to discourse privately with Us
19:53  And We gave him, through our mercy, his brother Aaron, a prophet, for his assistant
19:54  Remember also Ismael in the same book: For he was true to his promise; and was an apostle, and a prophet
19:55  And he commanded his family to observe prayer, and to give alms; and he was acceptable unto his Lord
19:56  And remember Edris in the same book; for he was a just person, and a prophet
19:57  And we exalted him to a high place
19:58  These are they unto whom God hath been bounteous, of the prophets of the posterity of Adam, and of those whom We carried in the ark with Noah; and of the posterity of Abraham, and of Israel, and of those whom We have directed and chosen. When the signs of the Merciful were read unto them, they fell down, worshipping, and wept
19:59  But a succeeding generation have come after them, who neglect prayer, and follow their lusts; and they shall surely fall into evil
19:60  Except him who repenteth, and believeth, and doth that which is right; these shall enter paradise, and they shall not in the least be wronged
19:61  Gardens of perpetual abode shall be their reward, which the Merciful hath promised unto his servants, as an object of faith; for his promise will surely come to be fulfilled
19:62  Therein shall they hear no vain discourse, but peace; and their provision shall be prepared for them therein morning and evening
19:63  This is paradise, which We will give for an inheritance unto such of our servants as shall be pious
19:64  We descend not from heaven, unless by the command of thy Lord: Unto Him belongeth whatsoever is before us, and whatsoever is behind us, and whatsoever is in the intermediate space; neither is thy Lord forgetful of thee
19:65  He is the Lord of heaven and earth, and of whatsoever is between them: Wherefore worship Him, and be constant in his worship. Dost thou know any named like Him
19:66  Man saith, after I shall have been dead, shall I really be brought forth alive from the grave
19:67  Doth not man remember that We created him heretofore, when he was nothing
19:68  But by thy Lord We will surely assemble them and the devils to judgment; then will We set them round about hell on their knees
19:69  Afterwards We will draw forth from every sect such of them as shall have been a more obstinate rebel against the Merciful
19:70  and We best know which of them are more worthy to be burned therein
19:71  There shall be none of you but shall descend into the same hell: This is an established decree upon thy Lord
19:72  Afterwards We will deliver those who shall have been pious, but We will leave the ungodly therein on their knees
19:73  When our manifest signs are read unto them, the infidels say unto the true believers, which of the two parties is in the more eligible condition, and formeth the more excellent assembly
19:74  But how many generations have We destroyed before them, which excelled them in wealth, and in outward appearance
19:75  Say, whosoever is in error, the Merciful will grant him a long and prosperous life; until they see that with which they are threatened, whether it be the punishment of this life, or that of the last hour; and hereafter they shall know who is in the worse condition, and the weaker in forces
19:76  God shall more fully direct those who receive direction; and the good works which remain for ever, are better in the sight of thy Lord than worldly possessions, in respect to the reward, and more eligible in respect to the future recompence
19:77  Hast thou seen him who believeth not in our signs, and saith, I shall surely have riches and children bestowed on me
19:78  Is he acquainted with the secrets of futurity; or hath he received a covenant from the Merciful that it shall be so
19:79  By no means. We will surely write down that which he saith; and increasing We will increase his punishment
19:80  And We will be his heir as to that which he speaketh of, and on the last day he shall appear before Us alone and naked
19:81  They have taken other gods, besides God, that they may be a glory unto them
19:82  By no means. Hereafter shall they deny their worship; and they shall become adversaries unto them
19:83  Dost thou not see that we send the devils against the infidels, to incite them to sin by their instigations
19:84  Wherefore be not in hast to call down destruction upon them; for we number unto them a determined number of days of respite
19:85  On a certain day we will assemble the pious before the Merciful in an honourable manner, as ambassadors come into the presence of a prince
19:86  but we will drive the wicked into hell, as cattle are driven to water
19:87  They shall obtain no intercession, except he only who hath received a covenant from the Merciful
19:88  They say, the Merciful hath begotten issue
19:89  Now have ye uttered an impious thing
19:90  It wanteth little but that on occasion thereof the heavens be rent, and the earth cleave in sunder, and the mountains be overthrown and fall
19:91  for that they attribute children unto the Merciful
19:92  whereas it becometh not God to beget children
19:93  Verily there is none in heaven or on earth, but shall approach the Merciful as his servant
19:94  He encompasseth them by his knowledge and power, and numbereth them with an exact computation
19:95  And they shall all come unto him on the day of resurrection, destitute both of helpers and followers
19:96  But as for those who believe and do good works, the Merciful will bestow on them love
19:97  Verily we have rendered the Koran easy for thy tongue, that thou mayest thereby declare our promises unto the pious, and mayest thereby denounce threats unto contentious people
19:98  And how many generations have we destroyed before them? Dost thou find one of them remaining? Or dost thou hear so much as a whisper concerning them